Certificate in College Teaching

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The purpose of offering a certificate in College Teaching is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to develop their pedagogical knowledge and skill in an interdisciplinary manner that facilitates the development of teacher-scholars.

Program Structure

The Certificate in College Teaching will consist of a variety of course work and experiences guided by a student's mentor. Students will select a mentor and develop a plan of study that addresses three major components: discipline specific teaching experience/study, interdisciplinary pedagogy, and instructional/learning theory.


Students will apply to the Certificate in College Teaching by filling out the CollegeNet application form. You will then receive an email prompting you to apply through the Grad School. Once that is completed and approved, you will need to complete the Plan of Study for the Certificate in College Teaching. This will need to be sent to a mentor in your department who will be responsible for approval. After approval from the requested mentor, the Plan of Study will go to a committee for approval.

Upon the completion of the program plan, the student and mentor will submit a statement indicating that the program plan was completed, including a self-assessment by the student and an assessment by the mentor, to the College Teaching Certificate Committee, who determines if the student has completed all program requirements.

Certificate Discipline Specific Teaching Experience Guidelines and Examples are available.

Students will NOT receive a State of Ohio license for teaching.

GSC 602 and 603 will meet from 6:30- 8:30 pm on selected Wednesdays.


Application (plan of study) for Spring 2020 entrance due: October 1, 2019, 5 pm

Completion form for Fall 2019 due: November 26, 2019, 5 pm

Application (plan of study) for Fall 2020 entrance due: March 22, 2020, 5 pm

Completion form for Spring 2020 due: April 29, 2020, 5 pm

The Plan of Study form and guidlines for your Discipline Specific Area can be found at the bottom of the Graduate School Forms and Publications page. If students have questions about the GSC classes, they should contact the Center for Teaching Excellence.